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Formerly brewed at Colonial Brewing Company
Style: English Pale Ale
Melbourne, Australia
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 2.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Formerly known as Pistol Whip Bitter Ale
A complex yet refreshing brew, showing citrus fruit and toffee aromas, a broad, rich palate and ending with length and complexity.

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mkel07 (6216) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2014
On tap at Scratch Bar. Deep amber colour with a citrus aroma and floral hop notes in there as well.

varanid99 (1289) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2013
Dark amber pour, very little head. A bit of citrus, a lot of malt on the nose; flavour is pretty much the same. Not bad, good session beer for a hot day, but not spectacular

maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2012
Tap at Sail & Anchor. Pours a wonderful opaque amber with a small white head. Nose of nuts, light citric fruits and floral tones. Rather nice aroma to it. Doesn’t come across in the taste. Light nutty malts and a touch of citrus but that’s it. Boring

tom_clift (44) - Carnegie, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2010
Keg. Standard pale ale. Some harsh hop bitterness, similar to other Australian Pale Ales (Pride of Ringwood?).

mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2009
On tap at The Local Taphouse. I was pretty excited to see Colonial’s stuff on tap in Melbourne, unfortunately they didn’t live up to my (admittedly high) expectations. Pretty subtle earthy hop aroma with some clean caramelly malt, moderate diacetyl as it warms. Some discreet (not discrete - whoops!) hop flavour and fairly low bitterness with malt character dominated by crystal malt. It’s not that the crystal is that strong, it just seems like there’s a bit of acidity (from the crystal? Seems like a water treatment thing to me, not bacterial) cutting through where the malt flavour should be, and as a result what hop character there is just doesn’t sit right. The flavours are also just kind of dulled, not fresh and vibrant like I recall their beers being (or like the Kölsch was the other week). I’m pretty surprised to learn this was Pistol Whip, though not as surprised as I am to learn that Margaret River is in Perth!

Lunkie (1950) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2006
Hop malt aroma. Murky amber colour with fair head and lacing. Malt flavour. Smooth palate.

ALLOVATE (3049) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2005
Decent session Bitter from the good folk at Colonial with a little Aussie influence shining through in all aspects. Tasted from the bottle, fresh out the mail in time for Christmas. Poured crystal clear, medium gold. Very fine streaming lines of carbonation rose up a firm, creamy white crown that lasted and left frosting on the glass. Slightly metallic, woody and grassy, bitter nose with an odd hint of overly ripe pomegranates. A light note of nutty, toasted malt gives it a base in the mouth, but its all hops across the back. Grassy herbal with a citric zing and a solid bitter finish that drops off into quenching, sour and bitter fruits that keep it fresh and reasonably crisp for the length. Simple, flavoursome and easy to drink. Perfect for the West Australian climate!!! (33cL, Bottling date unknown)

DuffMan (10560) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 3, 2005
Golden yellow, no real nose at all, but a balanced palate with a satisfying bitter finish. Speaking with the brewer, he indicated that this particular batch wasn’t crafted to his satisfaction, but it was a fine middle-of-the-road bitter, just lacking in character somewhat.

bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2004
Clear golden colour with nice lacing, light malt aroma and a touch of bitterness on the finish, but not much else in this brew, while it wasn’t that bad it was least favourite brew from this mob.

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